by Phil Stone
First off let me say i,m not a professional welder by any means.I owned a Heavyhaul Trucking business for 35 years.This brought me to get into the welding field there is always something that is broke bent or twisted.I also did alot of research on the Chinese made units verses the Big 3 name brands.
I owned a sa200 linclon and a ideal arc 250 miller at the time i bought one of the little chinese inverters.
Like i said i did alot of research on it before spending my hard earned cash.
So before anyone starts beating me up with slogans and political redrick i,m a died in the wool 100 percent AMERICAN and i believe every body that works in the USA should have the benifit of UNION REPRESENTATION.
Ok that being said i bought a Riland CT416 for my shop about 7 years ago and have used it alot i mean alot and it,s still working as fine as when i first opened the box.
I have used the little box for cutting 1/2 inch steel plate for building ramps for the rear of my heavy haul trucks and trailer frames to sheet metal for cab repair.
The first set of ramps i built was going to cost me 3500 bucks.
I bought 200 bucks worth of steel copied their design and cut it out and welded them up.
They are still on the truck and are standing up to picking up trailers that weigh in excess of 150,000lbs daily.
So as far as i,m concerned the unit i have is like Kotex it not the best thing that ever was but it,s right next to it.
I still use the Miller and Linclon daily as well the little chink welder. The only draw back to it is it is for shop use only but it has saved me alot of cash which is what business is all about or so i was told.When i bought the unit it was 550 bucks and like i said it has worked with out a hitch for over 7 years.
Thats less than 100 bucks a year and at the time i really needed a bargian.
Also to all the guys gearing up to linch me up if your willing to let me use your equipment to fix my equipment for less than a 100 bucks a year i,ll throw this chinese(junk) in the river LOL . thanks guys
that joke about kotex almost went over my head.
then i got it...good one...and i agree.
as for your comments on chinese welders, i agree also. I like miller a lot, but not everyone can afford one.
i am doing demo videos right now using an everlast powertig 250 ex and i expect i will get some hate mail from that...
thanks for your good honest post,